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I miss my salads in the winter.

I love the colour of summertime salads…. adding nasturtiums and borage just adds such brightness to any meal.

This winter seems to have been particularly bleak and grey so I’ve been experimenting with some ‘not green’ salads but using quinoa and noodles.  We most definitely need colour in winter!  This quinoa salad is delicious with a spicy piece of chicken.

Greek-style Quinoa Salad

Greek-style Quinoa Salad


  • 225 gr. quinoa
  • 3oo gr. cherry tomatoes halved (or quartered bigger tomatoes)
  • Handful of olives
  • Red onion – very finely chopped
  • 100 gr. St. Tola cheese, crumbled
  • A few chopped mint leaves (my mint is just coming on again!)
  • Zest and juice of half a lime
  • 1/2 teasp. olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper


Prepare your quinoa….. rinse it well under cold running water.  Place in saucepan, cover with water, bring to the boil for c. 10 minutes.  Drain.  Set aside to cool.

Mix your prepared tomatoes, olives, onion and cheese in bowl.

Stir in your now cooled quinoa.

Mix in the chopped mint, zest and juice of lime and olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.

Serve with some spicy chicken.

Quinoa Salad with Spicy Chicken

Quinoa Salad with Spicy Chicken

This quantity is enough for 4 for dinner…. or do as there are only 2 of us, have some for dinner and enough left over for lunch the next day.

Enjoy 🙂


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Last weekend was a Bank Holiday weekend here.  For the past few years we have headed  to Kilkenny on the October Bank holiday to the Savour Kilkenny Festival, but as Alfie was still recuperating this year we did not commit to anything.

However, Saturday last was an absolutely beautiful day.  Glorious sunshine.  One of those absolutely stunning autumnal days.  So there was a quick decision made…. let’s go somewhere!

And the choice was to the Winterage Festival in Lisdoonvarna.  Don’t you just love the name Winterage Festival?

Travelling to Lisdoonvarna was such a trip down memory lane.  Having spent my childhood in Limerick, summer holidays were usually spent in either Clare or Kerry.  And I have memories of sunshine, sand, and seaside trips to Lahinch and Spanish Point…. my Dad was never too keen on Kilkee!

We meandered down all sorts of side roads (Mrs. SatNav was up to her weird tricks again!) and finally arrived in Lisdoonvarna and found the food fair.

What a buzz?

What an amazing display of local producers.  All sorts of amazing pastries and cakes, cheeses, chocolates, smoked salmon, wine…. a huge selection.

Fabiolas Chocolate Cakes

St. Tola Cheese

Fabiolas Patisserie

There were a number of cookery demonstrations by local chefs.

Cookery Demo

We met friend, Sile (@GarraiSile) who was raving about the delicious seaweed macaroons that we had missed at the opening ceremony.  We chatted with Sally from McKenna’s Guides.

We had an impromptu indoor picnic – a delicious tomato tart and tea!

Tomato Tart

An altogether lovely pleasant afternoon. And, of course, we came home laden down with lots of deliciousness 🙂

We choose the scenic route home… down Cork Screw Hill and around by Blackhead which totally lived up to its name clouds gathering to make it look  truly haunting.  Well it was Halloween!

Blackhead, Co. Clare.

Well done to all the organisers.  I do hope this is the first year of many for the Winterage Festival!

There really should be more celebrations of local producers.

Do you have a local festival?

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We travelled to Ennis last Friday and took some time out from deliveries to have lunch and browse around!  This is what we came home with….Fish, cheese, gorse petals and chocolate

There was chocolate from ChocolateHere, lovely fresh hake and monkfish, two gorgeous cheeses from St. Tola and then we picked some gorse leaves on the way home!  Full blog post coming up shortly… 🙂

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